The 2019 Green Awards was indeed a success as there was an influx of environmentalists from the geo-political zones of Nigeria and climate activists from across Africa; Vanessa Nakate (Uganda), Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti (Kenya) and Adenike Oladosu (Nigeria).
In our midst was also; The First Lady of The Sunshine State, H.E Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, The Former First Lady of Oyo State, H.E Sarat Lam-Adesina, The Oyo State First Lady ably represented by The Deputy Governor’s Wife, H.E Dr. Bola Olaniyan and The Representative of The SSA SDGs to the President of Nigeria, Olufunlola Olaopa.
The General Manager, Barr. Adanna Kalejaye gave the opening speech as she talked about the activities of the foundation and said the Green Awards is to recognize individuals who are working towards not only the preservation of the environment but also the sustainability of the economy in general and she urged the public to always think about the consequences of their actions as our man-made actions largely contributes to the degradation of the planet.
This year’s Green Grant/ Awards which is the first in the history of Nigeria and Africa also featured the presentation of several awards to people contributing positively to the environment and agricultural sector. The Award categories and winners are;
- African Green Person Award: Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti (Kenya)
- 2019 Green Female Award: Tolulope Aina of Tolulope Farms and Youth Advocates
- 2019 Under 40 Green Award: Adebola Sobanjo of Recycle Garb Hub Ltd
- 2019 Green Essay Competition: Makuochukwu Iyke-Anungba of Louisville Girls High School in Ogun State
The event was filled with various performances such as music presentation by Sade Blaq, Dance appearance by the Cymbals, Spoken Words by Oyinkansola Sosanya and Comedy by Peteru.
The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Her Excellency Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu during the programme also declared that through her foundation; BE MORE, she has trained over 1,000 girls in Renewable Energy.
The finale of the Award featured the announcement of the Green Grant Winner in the person of Yetunde Fadeyi of Rees Africa who won this year’s Grant Prize of One Million Naira (N1.000.000.00).
The founder, Adetunji Lam-Adesina felt fulfilled by the turnout of people coming together from all walks of life; this proves that there is an awakening of collective consciousness towards safeguarding our environment and promoting a sustainable world.